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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
Evaluator's Guide for VMware vSphere

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About Veeam Backup & Replication

Veeam® Backup & Replication™ is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for virtual environments of any size and complexity. Veeam Backup & Replication provides fast, flexible, and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. It unifies backup and replication in a single solution, increases the value of backup and reinvents data protection for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments. Veeam Backup & Replication supports the entire virtual infrastructure with industry leading features such as 2-in-1 backup and replication, streamlined VM recovery and instant file-level recovery, built-in compression and deduplication, scalability, centralized management and many more.

About This Guide

This guide will help you become familiar with Veeam Backup & Replication and evaluate its capabilities. It explains the primary features of Veeam Backup & Replication and will help you begin using the product, regardless of your previous experience with the product.

Intended Audience

The document is intended for IT professionals who are looking to deploy Veeam Backup & Replication to protect their VMware vSphere virtual environment. This guide will be of interest to novices to the product and to VMware vSphere administrators, consultants and analysts who have used previous versions of Veeam Backup & Replication and want to evaluate new features.

Document Structure

The guide provides a set of self-guided evaluation exercises that you should follow to familiarize yourself with Veeam Backup & Replication. Each evaluation exercise provides a short feature overview, an evaluation case, an evaluation procedure, and guidelines for validation of the exercise results.

The guide is comprised of four major parts:

  • Reference Environment. This section describes requirements to a test lab that you need to provision to successfully perform evaluation tasks and outlines a sample test lab used in this evaluator’s guide.
  • Backup Infrastructure Setup. This section describes Veeam Backup & Replication installation and deployment steps that must be completed before you can start evaluating the product.
  • Data Protection and Disaster Recovery. This section describes evaluation cases covering the most typical data protection and disaster recovery tasks that you can perform with Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Distributed Backup Infrastructure Management. This section describes how you can manage a distributed backup infrastructure using Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

Help and Support

This guide provides a high-level overview of Veeam Backup & Replication primary features and should be regarded as a supplement to existing technical documentation. The complete set of documentation can be found on the Veeam Technical Documentation page.

For technical support and assistance, use the following resources:

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